And here's one of Piper's cousins, a Hyacinth macaw, the largest of the macaw species.
So I started researching who sells them, steering clear of pet shops. I have nothing against them; I've rescued many a hamster and fish (and a corn snake), from a life within a pet shop. But for a parrot I wanted to find a breeder, someone who can educate me about the bird and someone I can go back to with questions and concerns if I need to.
Google led me to several parrot breeders in Missouri and after a few links I ended up with a short list of parrot rescue organizations in Missouri. Two clicks later I landed on one in the most unlikely, most convenient location in all of Missouri. The town my bookstore is in. Not only that, it's on the same street!
A Parrot's Perch is a non-profit organization founded by Stephanie Chambers. I sent her an email about my interest in acquiring a parrot and she popped into my store last week to introduce herself. Busy lady! Traveling wherever she's needed, all over this country, to rescue parrots. Her website, (http://www.aparrotsperch.org/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AParrotsPerchRescue), can give you more information if you're interested in knowing about the work she does.
And in next week's post I can give you a first hand account of what her parrot rescue center is like because I'm going there in two days to meet the birds, see if any of them like me enough to want to leave Stephanie's home and all their birdie friends.
From literature and Film:
It was a dark and stormy night
To Be Or Not To Be
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
We're not in Kansas anymore
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again
Call me Ishmael
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink
Oh, the tangled web we weave
Here's looking at you, kid (said with a wink) -]
"The Piano Man" Christmas carols
I will always love you Lucy and Linus theme
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Auld Lang Syne Love Me Tender
melodies from Mozart and Beethoven works
And musical terms....in Italian:
diminuendo poco a poco------piano forte
And phrases (too many to list!):
bahdeebahdee, That's All Folks!
I tot I taw a puddy-cat Polly wanna Cheez-it?
I think not Whatever do you mean?
You have the right to remain silent
Fly Low and Slow